Monday, January 25, 2016

What if Obama Believed in Individual Liberty and Free Markets

Richard Ebeling emails:

Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the “EpicTimes” news and commentary website on, “What If Obama Believed in Individual Liberty and Free Markets?”

Barack Obama delivered his last State of the Union address before the Congress on January 12, 2016, defending the bigger government policies that he has either implemented or proposed over the last seven years.

But just suppose that Obama were to have an epiphany that resulted in his having a new appreciation of individual liberty, free markets and limited government. What, then, might have been such an alternative State of the Union address?

We can imagine him defending the individual rights of every citizen to his life, liberty and honestly acquired property. We could conceive of him calling for the repeal of the federal minimum wage law, the deregulation of private enterprise, the lowering of taxes and a balancing of the budget.

We could envisage him requesting Congress to repeal his own ObamaCare legislation and the freeing and privatizing of all medical care and health insurance; as well as abolition of all cabinet level federal agencies that maintain the welfare state. He also might call for the ending of the Federal Reserve System, and a private, competitive banking system in its place, instead.

Of course, that is not the State of the Union address that Obama delivered. But this alternative one is the type that would be delivered if some future president of the United States actually believed in and had been elected to implement an agenda based on individualism, economic freedom, and limited government.


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